Here is coach Sigi Schmid's opening statement after tonight's 1-1 draw with New York:
"I thought we were a little fortunate tonight. Obviously they hit the post a couple of itme sin the second half. I thought we had some good looks, some good chances; Robles came up with a couple of good saves. But I didn’t think it was our best soccer. I know we can play better than we did tonight. We still came out with a tie, so that’s something. We still got a point, we still have some games in hand. But obviously when we play at home we’d like to win."
Here's more from Schmid:
On how New York had success…) “I thought we got forward a little bit, but I thought we gave them way too much space in midfield to play. They started to control the ball a little bit in there and their forwards started dropping off and one of them would find that gap. Luyindula sometimes, sometimes Espindola. Cahill pushed a little bit higher and they would find that gap in behind our midfield and in front of our back line. They did a good job of that. Even then, we still had some pretty good looks in the second half on chances that I think we should have converted on.” (On getting a home draw…) “Anytime we play at home and we don’t win we feel it’s two points lost, whether it’s this game or any other game. For us, you can look at it as a point game because they hit the post a couple times and we could have had zero. We got a point from that standpoint, but anytime you play at home you want to get a win.” (On Seattle’s chances…) “In the first half, yeah, we had some chances for sure. The biggest one was probably when Eddie [Johnson] slipped past Robles down near the edge of the 18 and crossed the ball and Oba [Martins] headed it wide. Obviously, if you put that one in it changes the complexion of the game.” (On Brad Evans’ penalty kick…) “He’s done well with his penalties. Robles went the right way, but the ball was well-hit.” (On the status of the team…) “I think there’s no reason to panic. We still have some games in hand. I know we got some tough games coming up and next week’s going to be a tough week with Colorado and then Vancouver in the middle of the week. And then the end of the week Portland. That’s going to be a tough week for us when two of the three are away. We’ve been put in tough situations before and we’ve met them, so we just have to stand up and meet them again.” (On the injury status of Clint Dempsey and Leo Gonzalez…) “Clint just wasn’t ready to go and Leo’s been bothered by that groin. We felt we needed to shut them down or else we’d lose him for a more significant part. We’ll see how they come along this week. The expectations now are that they both have a chance at playing this coming weekend.” (On Marc Burch’s play…) “I thought he did alright…I’m sure he’ll tell you, as well, that he would have wanted to play a little bit more at times. It’s been a while since he played left back. It’s a position he’s played enough few years that it’s not an uncomfortable place for him to play.” (On the play in the first half…) “I thought we struggled early in the first half and then, like you said, the last 20 minutes of the first half we did really well because we played a little more direct. We also needed to play with less touches. I thought we took too many touches at times on the field and the ball needed to flow a little bit quicker.”
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